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World Braille Championships

Goa, India

8-19 October, 2006


Stephen HiltonStephen Hilton of Inverclyde Chess Club is participating in the World Braille Championships in Goa, India during October.



Glasgow Herald 13 May 2006

Stephen Hilton ( Greenock ) will represent Scotland at the World Braille Championships in October, in Goa . Our top unsighted player, Stephen has obtained local business sponsorship to cover travel and accommodation.

Last year, Stephen took a big step forward in the international rankings, following excellent results in a top Braille international tournament held in Poland and in the British Braille Championships.

The British Braille Association will provide a coach to work with Stephen and the English representative in the World Championships. Chess Scotland has financed a personal coach to work with Stephen beforehand.

Let's hope for great games in Goa , like this one.

White: S Hilton Black: M Dyer, Glasgow League 2005-06, King's Indian

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 00 6.Bg5 h6 7.Be3 e5 8.d5 a5 9.Qd2 Kh7 10.h3 Nbd7 11.Nf3 Ng8 12.g4 Nc5 13.000 Bd7 14.Rdg1 c6

Black had to try 14...f5, and if 15.gxf5 gxf5 16.exf5 Bxf5 17.h4 Nf6 18.Ng5+ Kg8. Earlier 11...Nc5, and if 12.Qc2 Nh5, fighting for f5 and control of f4, might have been better.

15.h4 cxd5 16.exd5 f5 17.gxf5 gxf5 18.Ng5+ Kh8

Having got in h4, White now has a crushing attack. If 18...hxg5 19.hxg5+ Kg6 20.Bh5+ Kh7 21.Bf7+ Nh6 22.g6+ and wins.

19.f4 e4 20.Bd4 Nd3+ 21.Qxd3

White wins a pawn with a "small" combination.  

21...exd3 22.Bxg7+ Kxg7 23.Ne6+ Kh7 24.Nxd8 Raxd8

Or if 24...dxe2 25.Nxb7 followed by Nxd6 or c5 and capturing Black's stranded e-pawn.

25 .Bxd3 Nf6 26.Re1 Rde8 27.Rhg1 Nh5 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.Ne2 Re3 30.Kd2 Rf3 31.Nd4 Rxf4 32.Ne6 Bxe6

White's e-pawn now wins. 32...Rf2+ 33.Ke3 Rxb2 34.Bxf5+ Kh8 35.Rg6 also loses.

33.dxe6 Ng7 34.e7 Ne8 35.Ke3 Rxh4 36.Bxf5+ Kh8 37.Be6 Nf6 38.Bd5 Rh5 39.e8Q+ Nxe8 40.Rg8+ Kh7 41.Rxe8 b5 42.Re7+ Kh8 43.Bf3 Rh2 44.cxb5 Rxb2 45.a4 Rb3+ 46.Kf2 Ra3 47.Re4 Rb3 48.Rd4 Ra3 49.b6 Black resigns

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